JASPER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The last thing Jasper County needed Thursday was more water.
"We've had torrential rainfall for the last several weeks, months now,” said Jasper County Judge Mark Allen. “The soil is saturated, the water has nowhere else to go except up and over, and that what we're dealing with right now.”
However, more rain was what they got from the outer bands of Tropical Depression Bill, which dumped 12 inches of water, the most Jasper County officials have ever seen in such a short amount of time.
“In our history in Jasper county, even with the hurricanes that we've had with Katrina and Rita, I don't believe we received that much rainfall in a concentrated period of time,” Allen said.
The downpour caused severe flash flooding in the Kirbyville, Buna and Evadale areas, causing several county roads and highways to flood, resulting in officials having to perform water rescues to get citizens to safety.
Jasper County has set up an emergency command center at the Buna Sub Courthouse, where they have an emergency team on hand.
"The team is out there assessing the damages and also responding to requests from the citizens,” said Jasper county Emergency Manager Billy Ted Smith.
The Emergency Team is also watching the weather for the rest of the weekend and are and equip should more rescues have to happen.
However, they're hoping they've seen the worst of Tropical Depression Bill.
"We could use a few weeks of dry weather,” Allen said. “You know. I'll never complain about getting the blessings of rain, but like I've said before, we need to share our blessings with the rest of the nation."